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18 stories found over the past 45 days
UN humanitarian wing and partners respond to unprecedented suffering in 2015

21 June 2016 – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released its 2015 annual report, articulating its response to the humanitarian challenges and human suffering, in all corners of the world that have overstretched the UN relief arm.


General Assembly elects Permanent Representative of Fiji as President of 71st session

13 June 2016 – In a rare secret ballot vote, the United Nations General Assembly today elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji, as President of its upcoming 71st session.


On World Day, UN urges meaningful action to protect future health of oceans

08 June 2016 – Healthy oceans are critical to sustaining life on Earth, by regulating the climate and providing a wide range of services, including natural resources, nutritious food and jobs that benefit billions of people, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, as the UN kicked off its celebrations to mark World Oceans Day.


UN reiterates need to tackle illegal wildlife trade after tiger cub bodies found in Thailand

03 June 2016 – Following the discovery earlier this week of 70 dead tiger cubs, as well as tiger skins, talismans and other wildlife parts, in a Buddhist temple in Thailand, two United Nations agencies have said those circumstances represent only a “tiny proportion” of the extent of an illegal trade in wildlife that is pushing species to the brink of extinction.


Two million more people living with HIV on life-saving treatment in 2015 – new UN report

31 May 2016 – The number of HIV-positive people taking antiretroviral medicines more than doubled to an estimated 17 million people from 2010 to 2015, with two million people gaining access to the life-saving drug last year alone, the United Nations agency leading the world’s HIV/AIDS response announced today.


LDCs: UN calls for greater support to least developed countries, adopts new declaration in Turkey

29 May 2016 – A major United Nations meeting focusing on the world's least developed countries (LDCs) has closed today in Antalya, Turkey, with a call for greater support to the world's most vulnerable nations, and the adoption of an outcome document paving the way for further concrete action and progress in the years to come.


World Heritage sites at risk from climate change – joint UN report

27 May 2016 – Some 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries across the world are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, a new report released by the United Nations has found.


LDCs: UN conference on least developed countries opens in Turkey to assess progress made since 2011

27 May 2016 – A United Nations conference focused on the world's least developed countries (LDCs) kicked-off today in Antalya, Turkey, to assess these 48 States' progress over the past five years, and to find ways of accelerating their path towards sustainable development.


LDCs: Behind the scenes – gearing up for a UN conference on least developed countries

26 May 2016 – Collaborating on the organization of major international conferences is a task well known to the United Nations, whose staff have the responsibility of ensuring that key messages are successfully delivered to not only those on location, but also worldwide.


‘We have an opportunity in the next 15 to 20 years to really change our world’ – UN envoy for the least developed countries

26 May 2016 – Starting on Friday, the 48 least developed countries (LDCs) of the world will be the focus of a global United Nations conference in Antalya, Turkey, that aims to review their progress over the past five years.